Mission Opportunities at St. Paul’s UMC
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:7
Change a Child’s Story
Give Books – New and gently used books will be needed over the next 2 years, as we help the United Methodist Church of Iowa meet the goal of one million books and one million volunteer hours of reading. Books donated will be given to children in the community, especially those in poverty through the schools, preschools and Operation Backpack.
Give Time -Reading volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday at Mary Welsh Elementary from 8:25-8:50am to read with children from kindergarten-2nd grade. Contact Pastor Helen Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in participating as a reading volunteer. By committing to just 30 minutes each week, you can “Change a Child’s Story”..
Give Money – Monetary donations can be given in the “Book Bank” at the “Change a Child’s Story” table in the back of the Sanctuary. This money will be used to purchase books.
Iowa County Food Bank Drive
Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off in the church entryway on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights and during Church Office hours during the week. Food donations go to the food banks in Williamsburg and Marengo.
(For 2014 Halloween, youth participated in “Boo for Food” and collected donations for the Iowa County Food Bank.)
“The Attic” Clothing Closet
“The Attic” has been our community clothing closet since 2007 and continues to be a vital mission to families in Iowa County. During the fall and winter, our church also provides coats for families through our Coat Closet. Attic hours are Mondays 9:00am-11:00am and Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm. Gently used clothing can be donated at the Donation Bin in the church entryway. Attic volunteers help sort and put away clothes or are available during open hours to assist Attic guests.
Church-wide Service Sundays in October and March
Twice a year our church “leaves the building” and goes out to serve in our community. After gathering in the sanctuary at 9:30am for prayer, we divide into groups to go serve. There is always a variety of service projects for all ages. Projects in the past have included: Meals for those homebound in our community, sewing projects like cloth diapers for Africa, backpacks for homeless, dresses for Haiti, “Kids against Hunger” food kits, “The Attic” Clothing Closet, Monkey Makers, Highland Ridge Bingo, Safe Haven for cats & dogs, Leaf Raking, and a variety of other work projects. Service Sunday usually ends with a church-wide meal.
(Assembling meals for Kids Against Hunger is one of the many service projects offered on Service Sunday which take place in October and March.)
Merry Monkey Makers
This awesome group of Williamsburg community women come together the third Monday of each month to make and stuff monkeys for children hospitalized at the University of Iowa Hospital. This is a great way to have fun, fellowship, devotion, and offer a gift to a needy child. They always welcome new “monkey makers” to join them.
Operation Backpack provides weekend food necessities for elementary children recommended by their teachers. This is a community effort and our church assembles and deliver the food the third week of each month.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, the churches in our community host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at our church. Food donations can be made for this wonderful meal. Servants are also needed to help organize, cook, serve, drive and entertain for this meal.
Operation Christmas Child Boxes
Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered shoebox gifts to more than 113 million children around the world. Each November, shoeboxes and information pamphlets are available at the church. After choosing whether your gift will be for a boy or girl, and the age category, boxes are filled with a variety of gifts. Operation Christmas Child boxes need to be returned to the church the week before Thanksgiving, so the children around the world can receive them by Christmas.
(Children praying over some of the 100 boxes that were collected in 2014 for Operation Christmas Child.)
Christmas Giving Tree
Working with the Iowa County L.O.V.E. Network, our church provides Christmas gifts for community families. During Advent, wish list are available for those interested in purchasing gifts for those in need.
Back to School Supplies
Before school starts each year, our church joins with the Presbyterian Church to collect and distribute backpacks and school supplies to families in our community.
2016 Mission Trips
Puerto Rico Mission Trip
(Summer of 2015, our Puerto Rico work crew built a shower house for the homeless in San Juan.)
Saturday, February 20th-Saturday, February 27th
We will be continuing our work at Immanuel Church and Centro Met School in Villa Palmeras during February. This trip involves manual labor and some work with the children at Centro Met School. This trip is for 18 and older (17 with a parent or guardian on trip).
Cost: $300, plus cost of flight October 18th Deadline for $75 deposit
Native American Reservation in South Dakota
Sunday, June 26th-Friday, July 1st – This trip will be for youth (8th grade graduate and older) and limited adult chaperones, 23 years and older. We will be serving this community by painting, cleaning, yard work and other work projects. We will also plan and lead kids programming, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading. We will travel to South Dakota in 15 passenger vans.
Cost: $320 November 1st Deadline for $80 Deposit
Puerto Rico Mission Trip
Tuesday, July 12th-Saturday, July 19th
We are planning to take a group back to Immanuel Church to work with their Bible School. This trip is for 18 and older (17 with a parent or guardian on trip).
Cost: $300, plus cost of flight November 1st Deadline for $75 deposit
*There are always new and exciting mission opportunities to serve those outside the doors of our church. The church newsletter, “The Anchor” is the best way to keep informed of the current mission projects.
Contact Pastor Helen Parks email@example.com for questions.
Servants are also needed for the ministries inside the church.
If you would like information about ways that you can serve in one of these areas,
Discipleship Contact Marci Mohr firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregational Care Contact Holly Osweiler email@example.com
Worship Contact Sonja Parsons firstname.lastname@example.org